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Stereo camera of fixed focus with Thornton Pickard stereo shutter by J. Billcliff, c.1903. Camera in wood, fitted with two Wray Platystigmat wide angle lenses 3" focus f.8 with Waterhouse stops and roller blind shutter. This camera was made as an experimental project to make a simple camera for stereoscopic work using short focus wide angle lenses. The Wray Platystigmat has a great depth of field when stopped down at f.11 and thus it was useful for general landscape photography at a fixed focus. The camera did not become popular as the folding Kodak "Hawkeye" had much the same facilities and was more portable.

Label on front plate of camera: "J. T. Chapman, Albert Square, Manchester". Label on top of shutter: "'Time' Thornton Pickard patent."

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Photographic Technology
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brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
shutter (laid flat): 32 mm x 174 mm x 93 mm,
camera (upright): 128 mm x 205 mm x 97 mm,
stereoscopic camera
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • photographic equipment
  • camera
Gift of J.T. Chapman Limited

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